The Flying Horse Big Band: The Bat Swings!
Friday, April 14, 7:30 pm
The Flying Horse Big Band, under the direction of Jeff Rupert, premieres new arrangements of music from the beloved 1960s superhero movie and TV show starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, and many others. The original theme was composed by Neal Hefti, while the dynamic incidental music was composed and arranged by Nelson Riddle.
THE FLYING HORSE BIG BAND
Dylan Young, Kristian Rey alto saxophone
Andy Garcia, Dylan Hannan tenor saxophone
Saul Dautch baritone saxophone
Marco Rivera, Aiden Lakshman, Taylor Grubbs, Courtland Beyer trumpets
Christian Herrera, Juwan Murphy, Brian Morris, Matt Kerr trombones
Mudel Honore piano and Hammond organ
Ryan Waszmer guitar
Luther Burke bass and electric bass guitar
Gus D’Angelo drum set
Jeff Rupert, Michael Philip Mossman, Mark Taylor, Per Danielsson, and Christopher Niess
The Flying Horse Big Band is one of UCF’s premiere performing ensembles, making appearances around the U.S. and abroad at the Montreux, Switzerland, and North Sea Jazz Festival. The group has produced four albums on the national jazz charts, B.M.O.C, Into the Mystic, The Blues is Alright, and Jazz Town, all released on the university’s own Flying Horse Records.
The Flying Horse Big Band has performed alongside guests including Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Michael Mossman, James Moody, Nick Brignola, Harry Allen, Steve Turre, Rodney Holmes, Terry Gibbs, Marvin Stamm, Mulgrew Miller, John Swana, Kevin Mahogany, Lou Donaldson and Eric Alexander. In 2005, the ensemble premiered Sam Rivers’ work for double big band with his RIVBEA orchestra. Former members of the band can be found performing on the Grammys and for a variety of TV shows in Los Angeles. Others have become music professors at universities around the nation. Recordings can be found at FlyingHorseRecords.com.